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How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:05am
A computerized method to judge streetscape quality

The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 

Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9:25am
Our streets are overbuilt—we need an incremental approach

I was most struck by Mahogany Bay Village's street, which is packed dirt and sand lined by small buildings. This is the essence of Lean Urbanism.

Fri, Oct 17th 2014 11:03am
Four types of placemaking

Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in.

Fri, Oct 10th 2014 2:19pm
Get rid of 12-foot lanes

Urban places are undermined daily across the US by overbuilt streets that are dangerous and costly to build and maintain.

Mon, Oct 6th 2014 12:40pm
Battle cry of British street designer: ‘Remove traffic signals’

The idea of “shared space” has captured the collective imaginations of North American urbanists — partly due to English architect and urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie.

Thu, Sep 11th 2014 1:37pm
A low-cost approach to walkability

Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.

Thu, Aug 28th 2014 10:33am
Stroad nation

We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval.

Wed, Aug 27th 2014 8:25am
Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths

Here’s a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Wed, Aug 20th 2014 3:02pm
New shared-space waterfront for DC

A 12-block waterfront redevelopment broke ground in Washington DC that extensively uses the concept of "share-space" streets for the purpose of placemaking.

Fri, Jul 25th 2014 1:40pm
Five steps to a complete community

Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.

Thu, Jul 24th 2014 10:02am
Streetcar is approved for Columbia Pike

Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia, one of the more successful commercial strip redevelopment areas spurred by a form-based code, will get a streetcar.

Mon, Jul 21st 2014 11:57am
What makes a good Main Street work?

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others – like Corning’s – remain thriving to this day. Why? Location is important, but design and context also matter.

Wed, May 28th 2014 1:07pm
Keys to a better streetscape

When Burlingame completes the makeover of its main street, it may be one of the most beautiful streets in Northern California. Here's what I saw ... 

Sat, May 24th 2014 7:26am
Bad call: Wide streets in the name of fire safety

Fire officials often push for wider streets so that their biggest trucks can move more swiftly — but the wider streets lead to more deaths and injuries. They do this, supposedly, in the name of safety.

Wed, May 21st 2014 2:09pm
Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

A new benchmarking report on biking and walking reveals a big hole in this growing movement — many ped-bike advocates rarely talk to urbanists and vice-versa.

Wed, May 21st 2014 7:36am
Roundabouts: A tool for placemaking

Designed properly, roundabouts enhance placemaking and the pedestrian experience.

Mon, May 5th 2014 7:46am
Social striving propels the drive-only suburban machine

Coalitions and strategic politics — and shifting cultural values — can deliver the structural change needed to allow American urbanism to flower again, according to Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End.

Wed, Apr 30th 2014 8:08am
Making multifamily truly urban

The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.

Tue, Apr 15th 2014 7:35am
Avoiding mistakes in bike-ped infrastructure

Today I’m going to provide some tips – some do’s and don’ts – for public officials to help them navigate the difficult transition from drive-only to bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Mon, Apr 14th 2014 9:26am
Urbanists are thrilled that Caltrans endorses NACTO guide

This should open the way for more common sense street design in towns and cities all over California, notes one urbanist. The decision could influence other states.

Fri, Apr 11th 2014 3:57pm
The place for bike lanes

Initial attempts at making city streets more encouraging to cyclists have often been marred by poor design.

Thu, Mar 27th 2014 9:03am
The mean streets of New York

Leigh Gallagher correctly diagnoses a spate of pedestrian deaths: Suburban arterials masquerading as city streets. The solution is obvious: Tame them.

Fri, Feb 28th 2014 8:16am
Federal bill for 'complete streets' introduced

Smart Growth America reports on a new Senate bill, the Safe Streets Act of 2013:

Tue, Feb 11th 2014 8:18am
The art of traffic calming

There are so many factors that go in to making a city walkable. The factor that I find to be the most important, in pretty much all cases, is how safe the walkways are in terms of traffic.

Mon, Feb 10th 2014 1:28pm

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How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:05am
A computerized method to judge streetscape quality

The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 

Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9:25am
Get rid of 12-foot lanes

Urban places are undermined daily across the US by overbuilt streets that are dangerous and costly to build and maintain.

Mon, Oct 6th 2014 12:40pm

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‘Shared-space’ streets cross the Atlantic

Cities in the western and eastern US are starting to let motorists and pedestrians deal with one another more intuitively.

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 1:15pm

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